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Sessions Says He’ll Stay on as AG, Despite Trump Criticism

by Countable | 7.20.17

A day after President Trump admonished Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Sessions has vowed to remain in the post "as long as that is appropriate."

In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, the President said he never would have nominated Sessions to be attorney general if he’d known the then Alabama senator would recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

"Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair - and that’s a mild word - to the president," said Trump.

At a news conference on Thursday, Sessions was asked about whether he was considering resigning following the President’s slam. The Attorney General responded that he and his colleagues at the Justice Department would continue to serve for the time being.

"We are serving right now. The work we are doing today is the kind of work that we intend to continue," Sessions said, referring to the dismantling of a black-market online operation. “I am totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way.”

Should Sessions have recused himself? Was the President right to admonish him? Should Sessions resign? Use the Take Action button to tell your reps.

--Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr / Creative Commons)

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  • Patty
    07/20/2017
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    Sessions should step down because he is racist, has no clue about modern policing methods, and thinks marijuana is as bad as heroin. But he should not be expected to step down because he did the right thing in recusing himself.

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  • Shaun
    07/20/2017
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    I think the President should know that there are checks and balances and the system is in place to protect our unique system of government. Can someone get this guy into a remedial high school history class please? This is basic information. This is what happens when you have multigenerational slumlord wealth going unchecked. Feudalism is dead, at least in theory.

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  • Libertytech
    07/20/2017
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    Sessions should resign because his disrespect for private property and out of touch ideas on drugs and sentencing.

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  • Ed
    07/20/2017
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    Note I am not a fan of JeffSessions. He is though the AG of US. He is not the President Attorney though the President seems confused with his comments. The Presidents comment were meant to Discredit the AG. Therefore he discredits the Office of AG. I am utterly amazed at the gutless, irresponsible and nonperformance of duty by congress in Rebuking the President for this.

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  • Anne
    07/20/2017
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    I would love it if Sessions stepped down. A "law and order" AG is not what this country needs. However, trump is so ignorant of the way our government is set up he expected all his appointees to be his slaves. In this case Sessions was right to recuse but his meetings with the Russians during the campaign should force him out in the near future.

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  • Nancy
    07/20/2017
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    Two Reasons why Jeff Sessions should resign: nonrecusal when it came to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, initiating a measure to allow police to confiscate property of those who haven't yet been convicted of a crime.

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  • DayGallini
    07/20/2017
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    What will it take for you to wake up and realize that your Republican Party will never accomplish a thing under the current administration. 45 is making a laughing stock of you and of our country. Sessions should have NEVER been given the position of AG. He is a racist old man with ideas that do not belong in this century. #NotMyPresident EVER

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  • Melissa
    07/20/2017
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    It would have been "appropriate" for Sessions to never be AG in the first place. Baring that, its long past time for him to step down.

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  • HardcoreModerate
    07/20/2017
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    Recusing himself from the Russia investigation is the only thing Sessions has done *right* as AG. Treating pot smokers like criminals, pushing harsher sentences, and confiscating personal property without a conviction will make things worse, not better. Let's get someone who actually takes an evidence-based approach to stopping crime.

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  • Isabel
    07/20/2017
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    Trump is a total ignoramus. Just look at what he said, about the civil war, now Napoleon, WW2 & Russia. The man is unfit to be the commander & chief of this great nation of ours. His ranting about Sessions not being loyal & his lack of knowledge of the justice system & how it works well its just mind blowing. His threats to Mueller were ridiculous since the investigations into his finances has started long ago. Deutsch bank had been subpoena first his loan records. Sessions he has his problems for lying twice & his involvement in Russia. Mueller is no joke if there's something there he'll find it. If Trump is crazy enough to hire him only congress can step in. If they don't then the American ppl will have to pour into the streets like we did with Nixon & forced their hand. This is why despite the lunatic we have in the White House & despite congress silence to all this treason We The American People can make the change through our VOTE. But be aware their trying to suppress that too look toward Kansas the Secretary of State trump appointed & Pence.

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  • Kathryn
    07/20/2017
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    Sessions should step down, not because Trump doesn't like him anymore, but because he is a racist, ill-informed, bigot who should not be in one of the highest offices in the US.

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  • Oneda
    07/20/2017
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    How awful to publicly criticize people you specifically selected. Not saying I agree with cabinet member selection at all but people should be treated with dignity and respect and mentored. Also expectations need to be clear. None of Trump's communications have been clear and majority are critical of others publicly.

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  • MIKAL
    07/20/2017
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    It is going to be a red-letter day when ONE (if any have the integrity OR fortitude) Cabinet member STANDS UP to Trump and RESIGNS immediately during a meeting. How anyone could work for someone who asked you to do a job THEN abuses you for trying to do it right... I'll never know.

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  • Robert
    07/20/2017
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    Somebody needs to tell the arrogant king that he is out of order and he's rule does not fit in our society!!!!!!

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  • Lynette
    07/20/2017
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    It doesn't really matter what WE think, now does it? I despise his hard line take on many things but Potus would just hire someone just like him. They ALL need to go.

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  • John
    07/20/2017
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    Trump is ignorant of how government works and is slow to learn.

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  • Scott
    07/20/2017
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    Definitely Sessions should resign. It's questionable who Trump would replace him with but Sessions is a horrible person.

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  • Frank
    07/20/2017
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    Sessions is part of the Bannon, Miller, Pence crew quietly and effectively dismantling democracy and creating a space for an American Oligarchy to rule. Sessions is a key player and the team will dial back Trump so they can continue to incrementally disable our Republic.

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  • Jo
    07/20/2017
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    He should have never been appointed to that position. He is still extremely racially biased, as he has always been. Down with Sessions!

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  • Jonathon
    07/20/2017
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    I think that Sessions should step down, but not for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. His policies on marijuana are ridiculous. He says that good people don't smoke marijuana and that marijuana is as bad for you as heroin. That is my problem with Sessions.

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